The mainstream media is continuing its relentless attacks on Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, focusing now on, of all things, her wardrobe.
That is, the money the Republican Party has spent to outfit the Alaska governor.
Politico reported on Tuesday that the Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to “clothe and accessorize” Palin and her family since her selection as John McCain’s running mate in late August.
The bills included purchases at two Saks Fifth Avenue stores for nearly $50,000, and “a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis,” with one totaling more than $75,000, according to Politico, which noted:
“The cash expenditures immediately raised questions among campaign experts about their legality under the Federal Election Commission’s long-standing advisory opinions on using campaign cash to purchase items for personal use.”
The Huffington Post jumped on Palin and the Republicans over the outlays, stating that the wardrobe story “has the potential to dampen enthusiasm among GOP activists and donors at a crucial point in the presidential race. It also creates a huge PR headache for the McCain ticket as it seeks to make inroads among voters worried about the current economic crisis.”
Referring to then-Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards’ two $400 haircuts in 2007, the Post noted that he would have to get such a pricy haircut once a week for 7.2 years “to spend what Palin has spent.”
The Los Angeles Times also chimed in, reporting on the RNC’s outlays to “dress and style Sarah Palin and her family.”
According to the Times, Palin’s husband “has been wearing a really nice suit, and Levi Johnson, Bristol Palin’s newly affianced beau, appeared for his command performance at the RNC in spiffy new duds.”
Across the Pond, The Times of London even got into the act, reporting that Palin had bought “a procession of neat little waisted jackets, pencil skirts, killer boots and patent heels that have enabled Ms. Palin to appear in at least one, and sometimes two or three, new outfits a day.”
Tracey Schmitt, spokeswoman for the McCain campaign, issued this statement regarding the wardrobe flap:
“With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.”
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